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Bariatric Surgery in Puerto Vallarta

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How much would my surgery cost?

Surgery Prices
Procedure Price
Lap Band $6,000
Gastric Sleeve $5,500
Single Incision Gastric Sleeve (SILS) $7,350
Gastric Plication $6,500
RNY/Gastric Bypass $7,000
Mini Gastric Bypass $6,500
Duodenal Switch $8,500
Diabetes/Metabolic Surgery $8,800

For the latest Prices and Specials, please fill the quote-request form on the right.

 

Hospital Facilities

We facilitate bariatric surgeries such as lap band, gastric bypass and gastric sleeve at a leading Puerto Vallarta hospital. The hospital was established in 1982, and has been providing quality medical care for more than 30 years now. The hospital has etched a good reputation among the local community here. Some of the features of this hospital are –

  • State-of-the-art technology, such as Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance and Ultrasound, Radiology, Imaging, X-rays, Fluoroscopy, CT, and Helicoidal
  • Adult Intensive Care Therapy Unit
  • In-house clinical lab for testing and analysis
  • Emergency services with a dedicated trauma room
  • Located just a few minutes from the Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (IATA:PVR)
  • Special water purification system
  • Full power back-up in case of power outage
  • Special air filter system in patient rooms, ICU, and operation theaters
  • 24*7 access to a board-certified English-speaking doctor
  • Private suites designed to accommodate one accompanying guest with the patients
  • Other facilities such as Wi-Fi Internet service, international calls

How do I get to the hospital?


Puerto Vallarta is served by the Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (IATA:PVR). Many American airlines operate regular flights between Puerto Vallarta and the major American cities. We will provide you a chauffeur driven car to ferry you from the airport to the hospital/hotel.

Pick-up Services

We offer free pick-up from the PVR airport.

Documents/Visa Requirements

  • American citizens need to present a passport/passport card to enter Mexico.
  • Canadian citizens need to present a passport (with recommended validity of 6 months) to enter Mexico.
  • American citizens visiting areas 20 to 30 kilometers within the border zone for a stay not exceeding 72 hours do not require obtaining a visa or tourist card.
  • Canadian citizens do not need to obtain a visa for a stay of less than 180 days.
  • All non-Mexican citizens, however, need to obtain an FMM. This can be obtained for a fee from the Mexican consulates and majority of the airlines serving Mexico.
  • Medical tourists are advised to carefully preserve the FMM or any other Mexican immigration document they obtain, as failure to present it while checking in at the airport on departure would result in inadvertent delays, missed flights and imposition of penalty.

Note – We provide assistance in making airline bookings.

Modes of payment accepted by the hospital

  • Cash
  • Cashier’s checks
  • Traveler’s checks
  • PayPal
  • Credit card
  • Wire transfer

Accommodation

We have collaborated with leading hospitals in the city to facilitate the stay of our clients. Our special packages include –

1) CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort Spa (4 diamond luxury resort)

$75 per day + 19% tax = $89.25 (room only)

2) The Golden Crown Paradise Resort (a luxury resort located on the Bay of Banderas)
850 pesos per person per night; inclusive of breakfast, food, dinner, and snacks, shows, and drinks

3) Hotel Vamar Vallarta
Standard Room – 1,050.00 pesos per person (All Inclusive)

Europ Plan:

Standard Room: includes Breakfast (buffet) and 15% OFF on  meals and drinks
765.00 pesos + 19% tax = 910.00 pesos
Superior Room:
865.00 pesos + 19% tax = 1,029.00 pesos
**The rates given above are subject to change depending on the dates and currency exchange rate at the time of payment.

Who will perform my weight loss surgery?

In order to ensure our clients get medical care comparable to that in the United States and other developed countries of the West, we have a wide network of reputable and highly experienced weight loss surgeons in Puerto Vallarta under our network.  Here are the credentials of a weight loss surgeon we are associated with –

  • International training and experience from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and the USA
  • Degree in Medicine from Universidad de Guadalajara
  • Degree in Surgery from Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua
  • Attended international conferences and meets such as the XIII IFSO (International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders) World Congress held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2008
  • Served as faculty — Laparoscopic Surgery Course — at Centro Laparoscopico de Barcelona, Medical Center Velvitge, Spain
  • Fellowship from Centro Laparoscopico de Barcelona Medical Center Teknon, Barcelona, Spain (Jan-Apr 2006) in Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass and Duodenal Switch.
  • Advanced weight loss surgery course at the 2008 XIII International Federation for the Surgery Of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders World Congress  held in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Bariatric surgery course in gastric band, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass – Bariatric Initiative for Latinoamérica (BILA), Ethicon Endosurgery Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio in November 2008

Do I need to know Spanish?

No. Our network bariatric surgeons and staff at the hospital we facilitate bariatric surgeries are English-speaking. Since PVR is highly frequented by North Americans, most of the people associated with the tourism industry can speak English. However, to avoid any potential language problems, you are advised to carry a Spanish-English dictionary and acquaint yourself with the following Spanish phrases/words –

  • Hello – Hola
  • Yes – Si
  • No – No
  • Please help me – Por favor
  • Goodbye – Adios
  • I don’t speak Spanish – No hablo espanol
  • Do you speak English? – ¿Habla usted inglés?
  • Thank you – Gracias
  • How much is it? – ¿Cuánto cuesta?
  • I don’t understand – No entiendo

Puerto Vallarta Tourism Information

Puerto Vallarta or PVR, as called by Americans by its eponymous IATA airport code, is a sparkling resort city located on the Pacific Coast in Mexico. Besides being dubbed as the Friendliest City in the World, PVR also lives up to its reputation of a thriving, complete value-for-money medical tourism destination.

In this city, sandy beaches, shady palm trees, glistening resort centers, snazzy shopping centers and uber-modern hospital facilities co-exist. The tourist offerings of the city give overseas medical tourists a chance to add rest and rejuvenation by the beaches in their itinerary too.

Did you know? Puerto Vallarta is a popular settlement destination among American and Canadian retirees.
What are my options for eating?

North Americans would be glad to know that PVR is quite Americanized when it comes to food. You will find everything from Burger King, KFC, McDonalds, to Pizza Hut here in PVR.

If you are up for making you travel experience more “Mexican”, you can try the following –

  • Ceviche, a popular South and Central American seafood dish made from raw fish, shrimps, jalapenos, lime juice and onion.
  • Sample authentic tacos at a taco stand.
  • Go on a guided food tour sampling fresh tortillas right out of the factory, coconuts and mole enchiladas from the favorite eating haunts of the locals.

Things to do in PVR
Some of the must-dos which you can include in your itinerary for weight loss surgery in Puerto Vallarta are –

  • Stroll by the Malecon – a boardwalk lined with amazing sand sculptures, the Navy Museum and several souvenir shops.
  • Enjoy a pleasing sunset at Playa de Oro, Los Muertos and other popular beaches of the resort city.
  • Take a water taxi to Yelapa, a laidback, crescent-shaped beach village off the Bay of Banderas.
  • Marvel at the stunning architecture of the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
  • Watch humpback whales with their calves at a whale watching tour (season runs from December to March).

Useful Info and Tips

  • Flight duration from major American and Canadian cities to PVR -
 
From Average Time
New York City 5 hours 06 minutes
Washington DC 4 hours 40 minutes
San Francisco 3 hours 40 minutes
Toronto 4 hours 50 minutes
Montreal 5 hours 30 minutes

Note – Actual flight times may vary from the average direct flight duration quoted above.

  • Most of the business establishments here accept American dollars. However, to get a better deal it is recommended you make small purchases with Mexican pesos.
  • ATMs are widely available here. You might be charged a fee for using an ATM abroad.
  • Many ATMs here do not accept PINs exceeding four digits.
  • The touristy high-season runs from December to April; this is the time when you will have to shell out more on lodging, food and almost everything else.
  • The period from June to October is a good time to visit here when crowds and hotel rates drop substantially.
  • Standard Time Zone in Mexico – Greenwich Meantime (GMT)/Coordinated Universal Time (UCT) – 6 hours
  • The peso (sign – $, code – MXN) is the Mexican currency.
  • Telephone –
    • International dialing code of Mexico – 52; local area code  of PVR – 322
    • When calling Puerto Vallarta from the US and Canada, dial – 011+52+322+local phone number
    • Some American cell-phones may work in Mexico. The rates charged, however, would be quite high. Contact your cellphone operator in this regard.

Safety Tips

Pay heed to the following safety tips during your trip for bariatric surgery in Puerto Vallarta.

  • Avoid venturing out alone at night.
  • Avoid venturing into deserted areas; always stay in well-lit areas.
  • Look for warning flags on beaches. There could be strong underwater current.
  • Do not flash cash and valuables. Carry coins and bills in small denominations to make petty purchases.
  • Puerto Vallarta has an English-speaking “tourist police” force, recognizable with their white uniform and blue caps to assist, as the name suggests, tourists.
  • Important Contact Numbers –
  • Emergency number – 060 or 066
    • American Consulate – (322) 222-0069
    • Canadian Consulate – (322) 293-0098
    • American citizens should sign up for the US State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for any kind of help in case of emergency.